A Parent's Guide to Growth Mindset

The concept of mindset, coined by Dr Carol Dweck, Stanford psychologist, is the idea that parents need to understand. Dweck notes that there are two different types of mindsets.

Fixed Mindset

A fixed mindset is when a person believes that their skills, abilities and knowledge are unchangeable. They often feel they are either “good at” something or “not good” at something–with no room for improvement.

Growth Mindset

A growth mindset is when a person believes that they can change their intelligence, skills and abilities through hard work.

Why it’s Important for Learning

A child’s mindset has a huge impact on their ability to be successful–not only in academics but also throughout life.

A growth mindset will allow children to feel confident in themselves and be less fazed by mistakes and failures.

Here are 5 things parents can do to encourage a growth mindset.

Allow for Productive Struggle

Create simple opportunities where children have to engage in productive struggle. This will mean you have to build in time for reasoning, puzzling and thinking.

Encourage Persistence

Not everything your child does is going to come easy. Make sure you acknowledge that and praise their effort. Remind them that it’s okay to be frustrated.

“I can’t do this” is not allowed.

Ask them why they think they can’t. Have them talk through the process and answer your questions vs you just explaining your personal reasoning.

Talk About the Brain as a Muscle

Explain to them that the brain needs to work out, just like any other muscle, in order to grow.

 A Positive Brain is a Smarter Brain

Brain chemistry can be altered by movement–so make sure your children engage in physical activity throughout the day.

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